Neurological research demonstrates that the brain has the capacity of neuroplasticity (the ability to create new nerve pathways in response to life events). For example, when you learn to play the piano or swing a golf club, your brain cells are developing new pathways that are connected to your body. These pathways consist of thousands of nerve cells. The more a pathway is activated or practiced, the stronger it becomes.
What most doctors do not fully understand is that pain can be caused by this type of learned pathway. Even when there’s no tissue damage in the body, such as a tumor, a fracture, or an infection, a learned pathway can cause real, physical pain.
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